School Supplies - stocking up & supporting drives
The end of summer vacation is closing in on us quickly. Last weekend, I took my rising fourth-grader and her classmate to the store to acquire all the items on their supply lists. The stores (we opted for Fred Meyer's and Walgreens) were overwhelming with all their back-to-school displays, reams of paper, and boxes of Pee Chee folders. Of course, they were all out of No. 2 pencils! We carefully chose our items and surprisingly ended up with a bill that was half of what it had been in previous years.
Somewhere in all the school supply craze, I know I've seen signs for school supply drives. I can recall only one organization, though: Schoolhouse Supplies is a nonprofit organization helps schools by providing free supplies, donated by businesses, to teachers of classrooms in need. Their school supply drive started on August 1st, but there's still time to contribute before drives end on Labor Day. Details on locations and participating businesses on the Schoolhouse Supplies website.
This year: where are you shopping for your school supplies? Have you heard of community school supply drives that could use additional support?